Monday, May 28, 2012

Praying mantis hatching...

Was chopping wood when my suweeto haato called out happily, pointing to a log that I had used as a stool for our guests in our outdoor gatherings...
Baby mantises, looking quite a bit like ants, were hatching off a nest that their mother had laid on the log...
Was the first time for me to observe such a scene...
There were about 30 of them, each measuring about one centimeter...
Was quite amazed to see that they already had their 'claws' at the time of birth...  
And it didn't take long for them to quickly disappear... 
They must have been very vulnerable then, as there are many geckos and frogs in our compound that might prey on these babies...